April 2, 2008
Sunday March 30, the Lady Seminoles faced Duke for another ACC match of the season. However, it was not a typical dual match. This day the women’s tennis team joined their motivation and fighting spirit to serve a good cause.
“Playing on this special day meant a lot to me because the whole event was for a good and important reason. Representing the breast cancer campaign was very meaningful to me,” freshman Federica Suess said.
It was a “Think Pink” event, when all the girls dressed in pink for their doubles. Sunday’s event was a coronation of the team’s season-long effort in raising money to benefit Susan G. Komen For the Cure, a breast cancer research foundation. It was the idea of senior Tapiwa Marobela who thought of joining team’s efforts on court with fighting breast cancer.
The Lady Seminoles felt a great pride because their hard work was not only to bring the win for the team but also to benefit this great cause.
“It was special to me to get an opportunity to play and raise the money at the same time. This event served as an additional motivation. It is important to help and think about people who have cancer. To help fight through it, as we do on the tennis court,” senior Carolin Walter said.
Even though, the Lady Seminoles did not win as a team, they had some amazing individual wins that will help the team in the long run. The team even stronger felt the importance of battling through. Some of the team members took home big wins. However, everyone on the team left there heart on the court fighting for each point.
“The pink event on Sunday was very special to me. I am grateful that I could be a part of raising money for the breast cancer research,” freshman Bony Davidson said.
These type of events remind us that unity among people has the power to make the impossible become possible. It also gives hope to find the cure for this very prevalent disease that in one way or another affects each of us because at some point of our lives we will come across somebody who has had or will have breast cancer. Statistics do not lie but we can try to minimize it by supporting causes like this one.
By Ania Rynarzewska